House Bill 731, filed by Georgia democrat Mary Margaret Oliver, is one of the most extreme anti-second amendment bills the state has seen in some time. Co-sponsored by Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and Reps. Carolyn Hugley, Pat Gardine, Dar’shun Kendrick, Dee Dawkins-Haigler, the bill seeks to focus on “dangerous instrumentalities and practices” by prohibiting the “possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets.”
The bill goes on to punishments which include control of “the possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets.”
Most alarming, however, is the stipulation to require seizure of the weaponry and ammunition by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation by designating both as “contraband.”
Representative Mary Margaret Oliver announced on her webpage:
[Oliver] and fifteen Democrat women House members introduced HB 731 on the first day of the 2016 Session. The bill bans assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Georgia needs debate about these weapons which are only used for rapidly killing people. Assault weapons are not necessary for deer hunting.
Georgia’s premier Second Amendment group, Georgia Carry, tweeted, “Dems finally honest about gun control, their ultimate goal is confiscation.” Other pro-gun activists say .50 caliber weapons and assault weapons are not the problem, and even most mass shootings do not occur with so-called “assault weapons.”